Warner Bros. // 2011 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 19th, 2011
History will be made.
I got sucked into the hockey world courtesy of the ultra-compelling Olympics, which saw the US and Canada face-off in an epic showdown. Back in New England, I plugged into the Boston Bruins, thanks to regional proximity and sports radio saturation -- just in time to enjoy their epic choke against the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, where they blew a three-games-to-none lead and were booed off the ice in Game 7.
A year later, the Bruins broke their 39-year Stanley Cup drought with an amazing run to the championship, which saw them win three Game 7s, sweep the diabolical Flyers, overcome a season-ending injury to one of their best players, and eventually defeat the best team in the NHL -- the detestable Vancouver Canucks.
Though I can't claim membership in the long-suffering B's fan culture -- those who endured much pain at the hands of Guy Lafleur, the Edmonton Oilers, and other assorted villainy -- I couldn't help but be caught up in the white-knuckle thrill-ride that was this Cup run, full of so many memorable moments, astonishing puck bounces, and clutch plays. If ever there was a team tailor made for a season-ending sports DVD release, it's the 2011 Boston Bruins.
Enter Warner Bros. Boston Bruins: 2011 Stanley Cup Champions is a fine trip down memory lane, touching on all the notable happenings during the 2010-2011 season. From the team's trip to Prague and the legendary Montreal game which saw penalty boxes filled to capacity, to some pivotal mid-season trades and the storybook Cup chase, there isn't much left unattended.
As is typical with these DVD releases, the majority of the runtime is devoted to the playoffs, with each successive series receiving more and more real estate. In truth, each playoff run is deserving of its own release, but the producers did a good job of telling the stories these games wove: the blood-feud that was the Canadiens series, with Horton's game-winner springing the Bruins from their Game 7 hell; the sweet revenge of the Flyers bludgeoning; the nerve-shatteringly even Tampa series, highlighted by rookie Tyler Seguin's dazzling Game 2 performance and culminating in the finest hockey game of the post-season; and the nasty, hate-filled seven-game title-fight against the Canucks that sported gripping game-to-game drama (the Burrows bite, the Luongo trash talk, the Horton hit).
Boston Bruins: 2011 Stanley Cup Champions features interviews with players, coaches, broadcasters, and journalists to add some color. You also get a generous helping of game footage, candid sound grabs from the players while on the ice (love Ference's taunting), and the post-Cup celebration.
While the feature presentation is well-done, the extras could have been heftier. The locker room celebration is great, but the Boston parade footage is brief, and the featuerettes on the Stanley Cup and the NFL Top 10 plays (almost 30 minutes worth) have virtually nothing to do with this Bruins team. How about some more game footage, the Stanley Cup presentation, or extended interviews? Finally, you get the Bruins-centric "History Will Be Made" TV spots, which are pretty awesome.
The tech specs: a so-so 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 surround.
Not Guilty. Suck it, Burrows.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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